Soon after moving to Asheville, NC, to pursue a career as a pencil artist, I developed an overwhelming uncertainty in my abilities as an artist, and as an individual. My passion to create had vanished, so I packed up my pencils and resigned from drawing.
In 2014, a hike across the summit of a bald mountain called Max Patch, reignited the flame to create as I came upon the iconic Appalachian Trial. Immediately I was overcome with desire to draw once again. However, it wasn't going to be as easy as picking up a pencil and grabbing a piece of paper. I was also being called by the trail itself to make the 2,200-mile pilgrimage from Georgia to Maine. Two months later, with no backpacking experience, carrying two sketchbooks and an assortment of pencils, I left from Springer Mountain, Georgia and headed north.
My journey on the trail not only strengthened my belief in myself, but it also gifted me with an undying love for nature that I'm eager to share with others. I continue to work in pencil, but I quickly learned it was time to branch out of the black and white world of graphite and truly convey the vivid imagery I experienced on the trail each day, so I taught myself a new medium, pastel.
The World Around Us